Glenn Colton

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We Can Rebuild Him

Saturday, June 04, 2011


Missing one day for surgery? That question and many others are explored in this week's Week That Was.

Paul Konerko: According to reports, Paul Konerko had surgery on his left wrist but will only miss ONE day. Yes, the reports are that he will be back and available on Saturday. I am no doctor, and I do not even play one on TV, however, this does seem odd. Had Curt Schilling not proven that one can recover from surgery in a day or two (and pitch with a bloody sock), I wouldn't believe it. In any event, my bet is Konerko is not himself for a week or two. However, given how good he had been -- .310 with 12 HR and 44 RBI in just over a 1/3 of a season – you have no choice but to hold. If you can find someone in your league who is less of a believer in medical science and is looking to sell at a discount, buy. With Dunn available to play 1b and give Paul some DH time, Paul should be fine from mid to late June on.


Jason Bourgeois: Houston activated Jason Bourgeois from the DL. This is bigger news than you might think. First, JB is raking at a.407 pace. More importantly from a fantasy standpoint, he has 12 stolen bases in just 54 at-bats. Those in deeper leagues should definitely pay attention. Not only is JB a huge source of speed, he has played 2 games at 2B and should likely get MI eligibility in the next week or two. Jason will never be a star but his .285+ at every minor league level over the past four years says that a .280+ average could be for real (of course .400 is not). The speed is undoubtedly real. Many will be chasing EY, Jr. but JB is cheaper and more likely to stick with the big club (though I am an EY2 fan).


Bill Hall: With every action, there is a reaction. In the Bourgeois case, it is the release of Bill Hall. A couple of thoughts are relevant here. First, for those of you who were counting on Wild Bill, shame on you. His three year composite big league average was a paltry .224. Add that to the fact that Houston was not going to be good and was sure to make room for younger players and you had a prescription for failure. Of course, the question now arises, do you cut Bill? Answer, no. Wait and see where he lands. I could easily see him going to a place where he will play (LA? SF?) or to a team which scores a ton and could use a veteran who is versatile (NYY?). In deep leagues, Hall could still be a good 23rd hitter but hoping for more is a fool's errand.


Eric Thames: In what makes little sense to this writer, the Blue Jays optioned OF Eric Thames to AAA. Thus far, ET posted a very respectable .286 average over 42 at-bats with 4 runs and rbi. Yes, those numbers are not gigantic but they are far better than the .245 and 10 RBI (over 120 more AB) that Edwin Encarnacion has posted and the .242 that Juan Rivera has posted. Thames will be back and will be back soon. However, you just have to wonder who Toronto thinks they are kidding. With the Yanks and Sox in the division and the lack of consistent pitching after dealing Marcum and Doc, the Jays will not make the playoffs. Thus, the question arises, why would Toronto continue to give time to EE and Rivera over Thames? Hold Thames if you own him.


Jose Tabata: Jose Tabata drove in both Pirates runs yesterday to help the Bucs best the Phils. Now is the time to buy Tabata. He has been a very productive fantasy player with 14 steals and 28 runs and even 3 HR (annualized, who wouldn't take 9 HR from a 40 SB guy?). However, the .240 average is dragging down Jose's value. There is no reason to think the average will stay at that level. He hit .299 last year and consistently hit for avg in the minors. Simple solution – buy!


Howie Kendrick: Howie Kendrick is all set to come off the DL this weekend and resume his long awaited elevation to stardom year. Thus far, the Angels 2b/1b/of is raking at a .322 clip with 7 HR and 4 SB. Positional versatility, great pedigree, big numbers pre-injury and more all add up to big year. Buy.


Matt Garza: Sticking with coming off the shelf, Matt Garza is set to be activated to start Monday against the Reds and will get another start later in the week against the Phillies. While pitching in Cincy or Phili is hardly ideal, Garza is the real deal and should resume his power pitching ways. Before hitting the 15 day DL, Garza had 68K in 55 innings. Not too shabby. For those of you looking for the roto lesson, here it is. Strikeout pitchers who move from the AL to the NL will up their K rates just by getting to face the pitcher rather than the DH. Those that move from the AL East to the NL up their K rates ever further by avoiding the Yankees and Red Sox and getting the Pirates and Astros.


Julio Borbon: Julio Borbon was activated from the DL and promptly shipped off to AAA. Borbon just continues to disappoint. After breaking out with 19 SB in just 157 AB in 2009, it has all been downhill. In a full 2010 and the first third of 2011, Borbon has tallied just 21 SB. When you consider that he plays lazy defense and has just 3 HR in that full 1 1/3 seasons (as compared to 4 in the just 157 AB of 2009), you see a player who has not lived up to potential or hype. Will he be back in Texas this year? Yes. Will this trip to the minors wake him up? I just do not know. Right now, the Rangers have Endy Chavez and David Murphy manning CF, so there is no great rush to bring the underperforming Borbon back. Plan accordingly.


Brandon Inge: Brandon Inge has landed on the DL with mononucleosis. This is a bad break for Detroit in real life but a good break for those who drafted Inge on the theory that a cheap everyday player is worth it. Full confession, I did that in my home league and violated the cardinal rule of never rostering career average killers. Of course, the fact that Pujols, Crawford, Swisher, and Choo have not hit and Ryan Zimmerman is on the shelf has not helped, but I digress. Fantasy lesson – avoid the Inge, Uggla types who always kill your average. Inge's trip to the DL should allow you to cut him and avoid 4 more months of atrocious batting average.


Shane Victorino: The flyin hawaiin is back. The Phillies activated Shane Victorino and sent John Mayberry to AAA. Victorino is a must start in all formats. Before getting hurt, Shane was hitting .284 to go along with six home runs, 19 RBI and eight stolen bases. He plays in a good lineup in a great park and produces across the board. Go git em if you can.


And last, but not least, Schultz says: "Much like Charlie Sheen, the Dodgers closing situation is a confusing, befuddling mess. While we can turn away from poor Charlie's winning exploits, we can't quite do that to the Los Angeles bullpen as saves is a category us roto-geeks care about more than Nielsen ratings. Once and future closer Kenley Jansen is still a work in progress, Hong-Chih Kuo is more likely to be seen in squiggly lines on Dr. Katz' couch than on a pitching mound and Jonathan Broxton wasn't pitching like to much of a hot shot before going on the disabled list. Youngsters like Javy Guerra and Rubby De La Rosa are likely too young and unproven to be given more than just a token chance and De La Rosa may be headed to the starting rotation. So, who can emerge from the smoke and seize the day? A shrewd owner may remember that Vicente Padilla had been anointed the LA closer just before the injury that sent him to the DL. He never quite lost the job with his one bad outing being the one where his forearm issues emerged. It seems unfathomable that Don Mattingly won't give Padilla one more shot at the job once he proves himself healthy.

Owners of Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, Francisco Rodriguez and even David Wright in NL-only leagues should be feeling tense from now until the All-Star break. The Mets aren't going anywhere this year and new, rich silent owner to the contrary, the Mets can't afford to resign Reyes, Beltran or K-Rod for their asking price. Assuming the Mets aren't living in denial, which isn't always a safe assumption, there is a fire sale coming in Queens. Wright being the only one who's contractually obligated to come back in 2012 (Rodriguez is sure to be bought out of his $17.5 million option year), it would be franchise suicide to keep the other three and watch them walk away and get nothing in return. If they get traded to the AL, especially Reyes, hopefully you still get their stats, or else it will be time to get out the crying towel. If you could get a fair return, you might not be selling yourself short by letting someone bear the considerable risk.

As last week's pseudo-mea culpa wasn't quite an apology, it behooves us all to remember that it is the beginning of June and the team that Glenn Colton told you all would lose more than 100 games still has the best record in baseball. One thing to keep in mind for roto-purposes, win or lose, the Tribe sure strikes out a lot. Something to remember when setting your rotation for the week and feel the need for a couple extra strikeouts.

Now Derek Jeter has a quarter million more All-Star votes than Asdrubal Cabrera - are we playing this game in 1999? Glenn, why don't you explain how ridiculous that is?"


Response: Really good stuff this week. Boy I hated typing that but truth is Schultz makes some great point this week. As to why Jeter is winning the fan voting? You know the answer – he is Derek Jeter and the fans vote in who they want to watch not who is performing the best. As to who is having the better season? You also know the answer – Asdrubal. The tougher question is who will produce a better second half. I look forward to that analysis next week from the baron of the bottom of the page.


Glenn Colton is co-host of Colton and the Wolfman on SiriusXM Tuesdays 8-11pm ET and a long-time fantasy sports player, author of numerous print and electronic media fantasy sports articles, and a participant in expert leagues, including baseball's LABR league and football's FTSA experts league. Colton and Rick Wolf have won the AL LABR Championship three times and football's FTSA experts league four times. Colton joined Wolf in the Fantasy Sports Trade Association Hall of Fame in June of 2013. He can be found on Twitter .



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